It’s unhappy information day for Kik Messenger customers on Home windows Cellphone. The app is now not out there on the platform because it has bid goodbye and formally disappeared from the Home windows Retailer.
On Thursday, MSPowerUser found that one of many first messaging apps on the Home windows Cellphone OS is now not current on the platform. The outlet was tipped by some customers that the app really went lacking from the Home windows Retailer on the finish of November.
Kik’s resolution to finish assist for Home windows Cellphone shouldn’t come as a shock nonetheless. The final time that an replace was rolled out to the messaging app for Home windows Cellphone was in 2016. The one earlier than that was launched in 2013, suggesting that the group behind it wasn’t that eager on offering common updates for the Home windows Cellphone model of the app. It’s additionally price noting that obtain hyperlinks to the Home windows Cellphone app have been faraway from Kik’s web site this previous Could.
Based on MSPowerUser, the disappearance of Kik from the platform might not be consequential. implying that its small person base was the actual cause behind it.
Previous to Kik, Fb eliminated its Messenger’s assist for Home windows Cellphone eight.1 early this 12 months. The corporate even despatched notification emails to customers, saying: “We remorse to tell you that because the finish of March, the app model you’re utilizing is now not supported and you can’t ship and obtain messages,” as first reported by Information.com.au.
With Kik’s disappearance from the Home windows Cellphone OS, many customers are pondering that it could lastly be the appropriate time to leap ship earlier than the platform is totally lifeless. “The top of life for Home windows Cellphone is admittedly a lot nearer than I spotted. When Microsoft stopped improvement, I believed I might nonetheless get a very good 12 months out of my 950,” Disqus person TopCatDC commented on MSPowerUser’s article.
Two months in the past, Microsoft Govt Joe Belfiore introduced that Home windows Cellphone is lifeless. He defined that what this implies is they’re now not making Home windows handsets or growing a more moderen model of the corporate’s software program for cellular gadgets. So technically talking, Home windows Cellphone remains to be not lifeless however it’s dying. He didn’t cite a particular cause why they reached this resolution, however he did point out that they “tried very laborious” to extend the favored apps for the Home windows Cellphone platform by paying builders. Sadly, the apps have been by no means revealed due to the very low person base of Home windows Cellphone.
Whereas Kik is now not supporting Home windows Cellphone, it very a lot alive in different platforms. In truth, it has rolled out updates to its Android and iOS apps. The corporate even stated within the launch notes for the updates that it’s at all times “making updates to make sure the app is working easily as doable for our customers.”
The top of the highway for Home windows Cellphone is close to. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya